Ni the complaints of Koeman nor the request of the Bara effect emerged. Pedri starts this Thursday the Olympic games and he does it with a huge load of matches on his legs. Since September 3, 2020, it has been in competition dynamics and, in addition, it has become an indisputable piece in all tournaments. The Barça club will be very attentive to the evolution of the player in Tokyo and also how he returns after an improper calendar of an 18-year-old footballer and in his first year in the elite. In addition to the minutes, we must add the long journeys.
Pedri not stop. He already has a total of 65 official matches in his boots, leaving aside the friendlies. With the Barcelona I played 52 games last year, 37 of The league, 6 of Cup, 7 out of Champions and 2 of Super Cup. In the regular championship only the last one was lost and because Koeman I release it. Nor has he missed his appointments with the national team jersey. With the sub-21 has participated in 4 crashes and with the absolute, in 9. Of them, six correspond to the past Eurocup, where he made history by becoming the youngest player to debut in a tournament of this nature with the Red.
The canary has spent 321 days competing at the highest level, more than ten and a half months and that translates into a match every 5 days. The first official match I disputed with the sub 21 against Macedonia on September 3, 2020. As of that moment, there has been practically no truce. And if the selection reaches the end of the Olympic Games, Pedri running out of almost room to enjoy the summer.
UNTIL AUGUST 7TH
At least three more will be added to those 65 official matches. They will be those corresponding to the group stage of the appointment of Tokyo. This Thursday they are measured at Egypt, Sunday at Australia and on the 28th, Argentina. Yes Spain reaches the final, to be played on August 7, a week before the debut of the Bara in LaLiga.
The club which is very aware of the evolution of Pedri. The next campaign will also be very demanding on the Camp Nou. The entity tried that the canary did not go to the Olympic games to be able to rest after Eurocup, but the club was met with the refusal of the Royal Spanish Football Federation. The great performance of the international makes him a key piece for the combined Luis de la Fuente.
Koeman, and Guardiola, they haven’t bit their tongues in the last few days. They do not understand that a player has to face two big dates. “I understand the illusion that the footballers have, but the schedules are very complicated and all the players have to be protected,” said the Dutchman.
Two weeks off
Pedri has had a couple of weeks off all summer and it was because Koeman gave him permission to be absent on the last day, totally inconsequential for him. Bara. In addition, the player had stomach problems. At the end of May he already had to join the concentration with the national team. Instead, the case of Eric and Mingueza is different. The former has not had much prominence during the season with the City and the second, he rested before the Olympic appointment.